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1st Test: Mitchell, Blundell put NZ on top against England

Last updated on: June 04, 2022 00:43 IST
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Images from Day 2 of the first Test between England and New Zealand at Lord's on Friday, June 3, 2022.

Daryl Mitchell

IMAGE: New Zealand batsman Tom Blundell is congratulated by Daryl Mitchell, left, after reaching his half century. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

New Zealand took control of the first Test against England at Lord's after they earned a 227-run lead over the hosts on the second day as Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell produced a formidable middle-order partnership.

The reigning world Test champions were 236-4 at the end of day two, thanks to a 180-run stand between Mitchell (97 not out) and Blundell (90 not out).

 

New Zealand

IMAGE: England's Matthew Potts celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of New Zealand's Tom Latham. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

All-rounder Mitchell and wicket-keeper batsman Blundell stepped up to put their team back in the contest after New Zealand's top-order, including skipper Kane Williamson (15), failed to make an impact.

The pair's resilient performance came as a huge relief to the Black Caps, who were bundled out by England's fast bowlers for 132 in the first innings.

Wickets tumbled on a frantic opening day and in the morning session of day two but things turned calm in the afternoon as New Zealand looked steady with the bat.

Kane Williamson

IMAGE: New Zealand's Kane Williamson walks after losing his wicket. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

The visitors then attacked in the evening session as both Mitchell and Blundell edged closer to centuries, while England were left trying to figure out a game plan.

Mitchell struck 11 boundaries and Blundell had 12 in New Zealand's second innings fight-back, which put England under pressure ahead of day three.

England

IMAGE: New Zealand's Trent Boult celebrates after taking the wicket of England's Matt Parkinson. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

Debutant Matthew Potts, who took four wickets in the first innings, picked up 2-50, while the returning pace duo of Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad also bagged a wicket each.

New captain Ben Stokes also experimented with spin bowling by bringing on Joe Root and Matt Parkinson, who was Jack Leach's concussion replacement, but it led to no success.

England

IMAGE: England's Stuart Broad walks off after losing his wicket. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

Earlier at the start of day two, England were bowled out for 141 in reply to New Zealand's 132, with the hosts earning a mere nine-run lead.

After yet another batting collapse on the opening day, England started the second day on 116-7 but their tail-end could not survive for long as they were sent packing within nearly half an hour from the start.

England, led by new head coach Brendon McCullum, have won just one of their previous 17 Tests and are aiming to move on from their dismal tours of the Caribbean and Australia.

They will host New Zealand in two more Tests after the contest at Lord's.

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